Hollywood star Jonathan Pryce has told how he was honoured to be invited to return to his roots to read poetry at a poignant commemoration of the First World War.

Mr Pryce, who hails from Carmel, will be reading a selection of moving wartime poems at the final concert of the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph Cathedral on Sunday, September 30.

The acclaimed actor, famous for his roles in blockbusters like the Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, in which he plays the villainous mogul Elliot Carver, as well as Governor Weatherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean and The High Sparrow in TV’s Game of Thrones, will be reading the work of famous war poets like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

He will be taking to the stage with Côr Meibion Trelawnyd, the male voice choir of which he is vice president and which is conducted by the festival’s artistic director, Ann Atkinson.

The Trelawnyd choir will be joining forces with the Bro Glyndŵr Male Voice Choir, which Ann also conducts, Cor Cytgan Clwyd and A5 brass quintet, from the festival’s orchestra in residence NEW Sinfonia.

Mr Pryce said it was an honour to be asked to read the poems as part of the concert.

He said: “I’m sure it will be an emotional and thought provoking evening. It is right we remember the sacrifice made by so many people at the time of the Great War.

“As this year is the centenary of the end of hostilities it will no doubt add even more poignancy to the occasion.

“I am very much looking forward to the concert and hearing the Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir perform alongside Bro Glyndŵr.”

Tickets are available online, from Theatr Clwyd, Mold on 01352 701521 or Cathedral Frames, 28 High Street, St Asaph on 01745 582929.

To find out more about the North Wales International Music Festival visit www.nwimf.com